The city of hundred towers and steeples, the golden city are some of the many names that are given for Prague. Historically, Prague is unique, famous, sublime city, and makes the heart beat for poets, painters and photographers. She is indefinable: Dark and Lyric for Kafka, Magic and mysterious for Meyrink, beautiful and haunting for Rilke and in turn she may be nostalgia or happiness, passion and lightness. In fact Prague is certainly one the most beautiful cities all over the world but she was behind the iron wall for four decades. However she keeps its incomparable splendor. Be sure you visit this extraordinary place which it is impossible to remain indifferent because in the words of Kafka, «Prague does not let go the one who discovered her ».
The airport is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from downtown.
|Area:||78 870 km²|
|Capital:||Prague (1.26 million inhabitants)|
|Population:||10.5 million inhabitants
Czechs (81%), Moravian (13%), Slovaks (3%), other (3%), nearly 75% urbanized
|Currency:||Czech koruna (Kc). In May 2012, 1 euro is equivalent to 25 Kc|
|Languages:||Czech (official), Slovak, German, Roma|
Czech cuisine uses a lot of fried or roasted meat, usually pork or beef. Everything is served with dumplings, potatoes or rice in a sauce. Desserts such as fruit dumplings, strudel and other pancakes are also popular.
Nobody should miss to taste Czech beer. The best known are Pilsner Urquell, Prague Staropramen and Budweiser Budvar. The Moravian wine and Czech spirits Becherovka, Slivovice Borovička and are also appreciated. However, Prague is full of restaurants with international cooking.
The Bohemian glass, crystal and porcelain, ceramics, wooden toys, local crafts
February: Carnival in Prague
2nd half of May: International Music Festival in Prague (Prague Spring).
June-July: International Folklore Festival in Strážnice.
July: International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary (every 2 years, even years).
August: Motorcycle Grand Prix in Brno.
(Carlsbad in German) is a city and a spa town located in the western part of the Czech Republic. The city is named after Charles IV, who visited the place in the 1370s. It is historically famous for its hot springs (12 main springs and about 300 secondary). The city is perhaps known for the international film festival. Karlovy Vary is also the place where the famous liqueur Becherovka Karlovarská is produced and bottled.
Karlovy Vary is a spa town with its numerous hotels to accommodate spa guests and festival goers during the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary in early July. The most famous is the Grand Hotel Pupp. The Church of St. Andrew Orthodox Church St. Peter and St. Paul, the Municipal Theatre, the Mill Colonnade (Mlynska kolonada) and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene are some of the major high- monuments in Karlovy Vary. The spa town is surrounded by a beautiful and romantic mountain, with the Métaliffères Mountains. Finally miles of forest trails lead along the wooded hillsides, offering many superb walks and panoramic views of the valley.
The city of Ceske Budejovice was founded in 1265 by King Premysl Otakar II at the confluence of rivers Vltava and Malše. The city is designed on a checkerboard. She kept the Dominican convent thirteenth century with the church of the Presentation- of-the-virgin where in recent years of important Gothic frescoes were uncovered. Nearby, in the Renaissance decoration of local historical Masne Krámy you can enjoy the local cuisine. The dominant characteristic of the town is the Black Tower, Gothic and Renaissance, 72 m high, which offering breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings. On the main square of a square area of 1 ha stands the Samson fountain, one of the largest fountains in the Czech lands. In the years 1825-1832, the first horse-drawn railway was built on the European continent in between České Budějovice and Linz
Český Krumlov is a unique architectural jewel by the fact that the city is listed on cultural heritage by UNESCO since 1992. The unique complex of town houses dating from the sixteenth century and especially the vast walls of the castle, which is the second largest castle in the country after Prague, developed above the meanders of the Vltava. The historic residence of the family of Rosenberg has a series of buildings making up the castle that you can find: the famous Hall of Masquerades, the extraordinary baroque theater recently opened to the public, the garden with a Rococo fountain and pavilion housing a craft Bellarie amphitheater where there are seasonal theater performances. The church of St. Vitus, the original Gothic major achievement of South Bohemia, is the symbol of the city. An unusual atmosphere reigns in the streets also thanks to the many cultural events that have already acquired a reputation in the world: International Music Festival, Early Music Festival, exhibitions at the International Egon Schiele, Celebrations of five-petalled rose.